96,000 was not just shocking but dismal number, certainly not good news for the president. what can he be doing? >> the base of 131 million jobs out there, whether you're up 100,000, or 200,000. it's a minuscule statistical blip. on the other hand you always want it to be more rather than less. the long-term trend is that we're adding jobs. the 96,000 has to be a disappointment. it provides an entry point for romney to come back and talk about the economy house, they get this number the night before, and so there was clearly in his mind when he was giving that speech. >> eliot: you're exactly right. 131 million jobs, 100,000 is not a big number one way or another. but month after month we're in a net range of 150,000 jobs and we need 200,000 to 250,000.